The Rockford Education Foundation (REF), a non-profit and independent organization, serves the Rockford community by funding educational grants. The REF holds different fundraisers throughout the year in order to raise money to support educational opportunities. Each year the REF funds over $60,000 in grants.
Recently, Sue Arend, REF Administrator, discussed the foundations fundraising efforts. “The foundation has an ongoing fundraising campaign titled Brick By Brick – Laying a Foundation for the Future.” said Arend. “This campaign began in the fall of 2010 in conjunction with Rockford Public Schools Hall of Fame.” The Hall of Fame was created to honor men and women from the Rockford Public Schools community who have reached a high level of achievement, and/or contributed generously to service work, both locally and globally. A six foot tall black granite monument was created to commemorate the inductees. Every two years a new class will be inducted and their names will be engraved on the monument.
The REF is selling brick pavers that can be engraved with a personal message. These bricks are part of the patio that surrounds the Hall of Fame monument, located at the Fine Arts Entrance of Rockford High School.
The brick pavers are a perfect gift idea for this time of year. An engraved brick paver is a gift that lasts and commemorates all of the important occasions in life: Graduation, Mother’s Day, Birthdays, and Father’s Day. It would also be great for an end of the year teacher or coach appreciation gift.
The Bricks are 4×8 and cost $75.00. If you are interested in ordering a brick to commemorate your special occasion you can contact the REF at (616) 863-6317 or visit the REF website www.rockfordschools.org/ref. You can also find REF on Facebook.